Magnificent Magnifisio

8
Nov

Magnifisio overcame a distance query to post a hard-earned victory in the Group 2 WAROA-Lee Steere Stakes at Ascot yesterday.

At her first attempt at 1400m, Magnifisio settled fourth for jockey Jason Brown and dug deep to haul in frontrunner, Fuchsia Bandana.

A long-head separated the pair with a further two lengths to third placegetter, Platinum Rocker. Favourite Elite Belle ran fourth.

Magnifisio, who extended her top second-up record to five wins from six attempts, was sent out a $6.80 chance by punters.

She turned the tables on Elite Belle after running fourth to the Canny Lad mare in the Prince of Wales Stakes (1200m) on October 25.

”It’s probably my fault she has ever been beaten first-up,” said Taylor.

“I can be a little soft on her but I stepped her work right up and she was 10kg lighter than two weeks ago.

“Combined with a great ride from Jason who put her into the one-out, one-back slot she got the right run.

“I knew before the race if we found that position she would be hard to beat but from the barrier draw (7) I was concerned.”

Taylor won his fourth Lee Steere Stakes and third with Brown after they combined with Idyllic Prince (2009) and Avenida Madero (2005).

Taylor and Shaun O’Donnell teamed up with Famous Roman (2010).

Magnifisio, who has now earned $651,600 in stake earnings, will target Group 1 honours in next fortnight’s Winterbottom Stakes

The five-year-old could be Taylor’s sole representative with star stable mate, Barakey, in serious doubt.

The Key Business gelding, who won the Winterbottom Stakes in 2012, is recovering from a virus after his shock loss in the Prince Of Wales Stakes.

“He is only a 50-50 chance,” said Taylor.

“He is still not right and if he doesn’t pick up in the next couple of days he will go out.”